Amazing summer in London! Past Review

By (University of Dayton) - abroad from 05/22/2019 to 07/06/2019 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really enjoyed my history class I took where I learned about what makes London a global city because I was able to practice experience learning. Also, I learned a ton from my internship; I liked that it was part-time (only 20 hours a week), which gave me plenty of time for exploring while still gaining experience working abroad. London is full of diversity, and I was experience this by being surrounded by new people and trying amazing ethnic foods from around the world. If you are looking for a worldly experience, London is a great place to get a taste of a little bit from a lot of places.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved my history class - Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London - because we were able to learn by exploring various boroughs of London.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CAPA staff was very present and willing to help with anything, whether it be with adjusting to living abroad, finding a great internship placement, or help planning a fun weekend trip.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I loved all the food markets and great variety of cultural eats.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Need to be aware of your surroundings and weary of pickpockets.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I went abroad with CAPA on a 6-week summer trip to London, where I had a part-time internship in digital marketing and took two classes - a history class about London as a global city and a professional development class. Overall, I had a great experience! We lived in a nice flat in Camden, which was a great location to get anywhere reasonably by Tube or bus. The CAPA staff was great with offering any support needed, whether it be with finding a good internship or helping you plan a fun weekend trip. They planned some great events, like a trip to Wimbledon and a royal bike tour. London was a great place to be in the summer. There were plenty of great things to do around the city - many of which were cost effective or free! I enjoyed all of the food markets and walking around the beautiful parks on the weekend. Completing an internship abroad was something I wanted to do and am glad I chose to go with CAPA!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

You can budget and find cheap eats and things to do.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget your money and get a rough idea of places to want to visit or excursions you want to go on that will be costly at the beginning or before your trip.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Programming and planned events
  • Great housing
  • Available and prepared support staff
* What could be improved?
  • Pre-Departure with getting visa
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had planned out what I wanted to do a little bit before my trip because time flew by!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'